City OKs creation of new WPPD narcotics division

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, City Attorney Orlando Richmond, Ward 2 Selectman William Binder and Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer during Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting at West Point City Hall. (Photo by Ryan Phillips, Daily Times Leader)
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RYAN PHILLIPS
Daily Times Leader

The West Point Board of Selectmen approved the creation of a new narcotics division for the West Point Police Department and hired a deputy from the Clay County Sheriff's Office to head the unit.

The board voted unanimously to hire Jesse Anderson, who will start his work as a sergeant with the WPPD.

Newly-appointed WPPD Chief Avery Cook - who came to the WPPD from the Clay County Sheriff's Office - said Anderson previously worked in the narcotics unit in the WPPD before it dissolved.

Anderson will be tasked with building the newest incarnation of the unit from the ground up.

Cook hopes to hire a couple more officers to help fill out the unit while also bringing on a narcotics dog and handler.

"We're starting with him … and want to get him off the ground first," Cook said. "He was over here before and was part of it, and know the ins and outs of it."

During Tuesday's meeting, Cook also introduced the new Assistant Chief Kennedy Meaders and Captain Virginia Rich.

Meaders will take the place of WPPD Assistant Chief Albert Lee, who also served as interim chief prior to the board naming Cook police chief.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The board unanimously approved the appointment of Ward 1 Selectman Leta Turner to the Golden Triangle Regional Development LINK advisory board for a one-year term.

• The board unanimously approved to advertise to lease 16.5 acres of city-owned agricultural land at the Sportsplex.

• The board unanimously approved to adverse for bids for the splash pad at the Sports Complex.

• Following closed executive session to discuss a personnel matter, the board voted to terminate billing clerk Pam Worley in the Water and Light department.

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